It may not be a steaming hot summer, but your food should be

Back to listings

As the August Bank Holiday approaches South Northamptonshire residents are being urged make sure barbecue food is cooked thoroughly.

As the August Bank Holiday approaches South Northamptonshire residents are being urged make sure barbecue food is cooked thoroughly. 

New research for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) indicates that up to 30 per cent of people in East Midlands are willing to eat food that is not steaming hot and may still contain harmful bacteria.

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is backing the FSA’s call for people to eat safely during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services said: “Cooking outside, away from the controlled environment of a clean kitchen, involves more handling, and more opportunities for cross contamination.

“The sure fire way to avoid problems for you, your family and guests, is good preparation and making sure your food is steaming hot all the way through.”
 
The Food Standards Agency’s Food and You Survey, collected information on food safety through 3,118 interviews across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and found that in the East Midlands: 

Over the summer the FSA have run a number of campaigns to improve food safety with the four C’s of food hygiene at their core, Chilling, Cooking, Clean and avoiding Cross Contamination.

For tips on how to stay safe this summer visi The FSA website.